Pakistan using Taliban as proxy, playing dangerous game in war-torn Afghanistan: Reports
Islamabad/Kabul, August 9: As the US military begins withdrawing from Afghanistan after more than two decades, Pakistan is playing a dangerous game in the war-torn country and seeking to create extremist jihadist movements there and in adjoining areas.
A recent opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post said that Pakistan is helping terrorists with weapons, training and money to cover the shortcomings in conventional warfare.
"Over the past few decades, Pakistan has been providing training, weapons, money and information to a number of terrorist organizations, including the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)." the article said.
Despite ample evidence of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the Pulwama attacks in 2019, Pakistan has refused to prosecute the terrorist groups involved. At the same time, the country continues to be a safe haven for terrorists like Masood Azhar, the founder of JEM.
According to the article published in the Jerusalem Post, it was wrong to think of Pakistan as an ally in the conflict in Afghanistan and in the war on terror. The article argues that the West has neglected to take strong action against Pakistan's duplicity in this regard.
It further said that Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan and its support for the extremist uprising in Jammu and Kashmir had played a major role in helping the jihadi groups.
"In the absence of American troops and in the absence of a credible peace deal, the ongoing violence in Afghanistan will spread to Pakistan and will result in a large influx of refugees into Pakistan. If the Taliban wins in Afghanistan, the religious groups wanting Islamic dominance in Pakistan will gain impetus," it said.
Amid the escalating violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign office said recently that more than 5,000 Taliban militants based in safe havens in neighboring countries were a threat to Pakistan's security.